Loft Apartment / 2b Group

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Architect: 2b Group
Location: Kiev,
Project Team: Vyacheslav Balbek, Olga Bogdanova, Alena Makagon
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Vyacheslav Balbek

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Working on the Project we tried to prove to Client and to ourselves that concrete could be warm, wood could be smooth and metal could be soft.

© Vyacheslav Balbek

The project itself was a top floor 3-level penthouse with total space of 380sqm , located in the heart of Kyiv on a Dnieper river. Third floor of the apartment comprised an open terrace facing Kyiv left bank panorama on a south-east with total space of 250 sqm.

© Vyacheslav Balbek

The development of the general concept, project design, and engineering process until construction took one year. High speed construction took another year and a half.

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In the end, we got an interior that captures a multitude of styles, all designed to offer a seamless collection of textures, colors, shapes and materials.

© Vyacheslav Balbek

Wood, concrete, glass, metal, exposed brick – all these materials found their place thighs main living area and surprising lines and details were shaped with their help. A green wall in the living-dining space brings nature indoors and a small terrace just above it allows a fantastic view of the mirror-framed ray-textured wall displaying the TV and sound system.

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Living area also features numerous details like the concrete wine rack with the Braille type dots, embedded in the kitchen wall or stone poufs and a red MAERSK container (guest bathroom) that give the living space a unique character. All ceiling light has been substituted with a giant Artemide lamp and two vertical spotlight projectors filling the area with reflected smooth illumination.

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The green wall continues down to the lower floor, where a lounge-home office space and a second living space lead to the spacious master bedroom joined with a bath right behind a bed back. In order to hide the master bedroom toilets, authors invented a mobile wooden box stylized as a large parcel. All in neutral colors except for red and green oxidized copper sheets serving as hidden shelf facades.

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The children’s room and bathroom look cheery and bold due to young artist paintings on walls and graffiti tags on concrete background.

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An open rooftop terrace is lined with geometric floor lights and features monolith bar and a fireplace, handmade terrace plank benches and a glass pavilion for winter leisure.

Cite: "Loft Apartment / 2b Group" 08 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
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  • Sergey Ferley


  • pieter k

    kitsch done well

  • Farrukh Majeed

    very good

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  • Cihan Kaygusuz

    What an ammmmmazing job!

    Absolutely fantastic! i really love it!

  • прораб Вася

    файно вийшло

  • Steve Bell

    I would love to see some “before” images if this is a rebuild.

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